Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866. First Edition. Leather. Two volume set; 24mos (5 5/8" x 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" for both); black pebbled leather with five hubs & blind-stamped rules on covers; engraved frontispiece of Longfellow with tissue guard; marbled endpapers, all edges gilded [a.e.g.], vii, [viii], 420pp + viii, 467 pages. Very Good / None. Item #7600
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882) was a great American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the "Fireside poets" from New England.
Handy leather edition published near the height of Longfellow's powers. It contains many of Longfellow's shorter poems plus his most famous poems including the aforementioned "Paul Revere's Ride", Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.
Clean and solid copies without previous owner's marks. Some rubbing and edgewear to the leather. Light uniform age-toning throughout. Light offset from engraved frontispiece image of Longfellow.
BAL 12487 indicates only a "Blue and Gold" cloth edition. This appears to be an unrecorded leather edition of this Ticknor and Fields; 1866 2 volume edition.
His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854, to focus on his writing.
Among his immortal poems, our set contain: "The Song of Hiawatha," "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," "The Courtship of Miles Standish," "Tales of a Wayside Inn," and many others.